Register requirements for supervision

Regular and ongoing supervision is a distinctive requirement of the counselling professions. Supervision is essential to help you sustain good practice throughout your working life.

As a registered member, you commit to:

  • understanding the role and value of supervision, and ensuring that you have appropriate supervision in place
  • keeping an up-to-date record of your supervision sessions, and submitting this to us if asked to do so
  • being able to demonstrate the impact of supervision on your practice
  • providing us, if asked, with details of your supervisor and giving them authority to disclose any audit information we require

You can find out more about the supervision requirements and download a template for recording your supervision from the links below.

Supervision guide (pdf 0.3MB)

Supervision template (docx 16KB)

Sample supervision record for experienced members (pdf 0.3MB)

Sample supervision record for inexperienced members (pdf 0.3MB)

Register requirements for CPD

The Ethical Framework requires you to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date through regular CPD.

The Register defines CPD as: "Any learning experience that can be used for the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of competence, knowledge and skills to ensure that the practitioner has the capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice. It may include both personal and professional development."

As a registered member, you commit to:

  • keeping an up-to-date and accurate record of your CPD activities using the template below
  • recording a range of CPD activities relevant to your current or future practice
  • showing clearly how you've reflected, planned, actioned and evaluated your development needs, and how this will have an impact on your practice
  • submitting your CPD record to us if asked to do so

You can find out more about the CPD requirements and download the mandatory template for recording your CPD activities from the links below. You must use this template when submitting your CPD records to us.

CPD guide (pdf 0.3MB)

Mandatory CPD template (docx 17KB)

Sample CPD record for experienced members (pdf 0.4MB)

Sample CPD record for inexperienced members (pdf 0.4MB)

Register requirements for insurance

The Ethical Framework and the BACP Register require that you have adequate, current and ongoing professional indemnity insurance for your area(s) of practice.If you are selected for audit, you'll need to provide a copy of your insurance certificate or a letter from your employer to prove that you have this insurance in place.

Register audit

If you're selected for audit, we'll contact you by email. You'll have until the end of your renewal month to provide your records of CPD, supervision and insurance.

You must provide your CPD records using the mandatory CPD template provided above.

You can find out more about the audit process in:

Register guide to audit (pdf 0.7MB)

If you have any questions regarding audit, please email

Audit reports

You can read our latest audit reports below:

BACP Register Audit Annual Report 2015 to 2016 (pdf 0.8MB)
BACP Register Audit Annual Report 2015 to 2016 summary information sheet (pdf 0.2MB)

BACP Register Audit Annual Report 2014 to 2015 (pdf 0.8MB)
BACP Register Audit Annual Report 2014 to 2015 summary information sheet (pdf 0.5MB)